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The Joy NOTS!

Joy verse

If we have ever exchanged email or comments or any form of written communication than you know I sign EVERYTHING “With Joy, Carey!”

This isn’t just to be cute. It is on purpose. 11ish years ago my perfect world I knew was crashing and burning before my very eyes. I was as low as I have ever been and I wasn’t really certain how to dig my way out.

But God knew my way out. He gave me Romans 15:13:

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely WITH JOY and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Here is what I know. Joy IS NOT:

Perfect. Giggles. Romance. Success. Money. Achieving Goals. Being what others expect.

Joy comes from God. The end!

It comes from trusting and knowing that He sent His Son to DIE for US!!!


To wipe away all our wrong turns so that we can live in His perfect creation one day. That is where our joy lies.

Are there things in this world that cause His joy to make our heart beat faster and our mouth smile? You bet! {tweet that!}

I think it is His way of keeping us alive. Right now I notice joy most in the moments I have true quality time with my husband, when I take the time to simply rest with my kids, sharing real life with my girl friends, and being helpful to a mom in her walk to desire God in the midst of motherhood. It is in these spots that I am closest to The One I trust most of all.

Little did I know 11 years ago that God had an adventure awaiting me that I had never ever dreamed could be my reality. The source of hope did fill me WITH JOY and peace so that the Holy Spirit could use me. It was a choice I made to live With Joy and if you find yourself thinking “I wish I had that kind of joy” you can. Make the choice today and head to the source of where it comes.

With Joy, Carey

Come on over to Holley’s place!

  • Mia

    Dear Carey
    Yes, just like love, joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and when we live in Jesus, His life fills our hearts constantly with joy as we abide in Him. Even in the most trying circumstances. I found your blog at Holley’s and pray that you have a blessed week
    Much love

    • Thanks @disqus_SUSmkjAU8Q:disqus! So glad you stopped by.

  • Oh my lovely, amazing friend! I wish you lived next door to me. I could use a big dose of “Carey” in my life right now. I needed to read this … needed to be reminded that these circumstances, these hurts, these moments, these disappointments … these are not the measure of me, of my life, of my joy.

    Thank you, for the truth you speak, the life you live, the friend you are, and the joy you share!

    Love you!!

    • You are the bestest EVER @TeriLynneU:disqus!!! Thanking of you always and praying for you.

  • Carrie Berkman

    You inspired me! Not long after subscribing to your blog I noticed the “with joy”. My name is also Carrie (different spelling)! After my own dark days I also was encouraged by the Romans passage and thought “with joy” perfectly described how I choose to live my life despite my circumstances. So…thank you! 8)

    • Ahhhhh now that brings me JOY to watch God’s word ripple through the world. Awesome @0ed365f9401bbf34f1dc72318411340d:disqus! You words are a blessing to my heart.

  • Mel

    I love this…such words of Truth and such a powerful reminder of the source of our JOY. Thank you for this piece of your heart today…blessings, friend!

    • You are so welcome! Thanks for your encouragement @disqus_BmZrsGAN5W:disqus!

  • Love how you sign your emails. What an inspiration. (And I pinned your picture!)